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Title

The Sinister Shadow

Plot

An unusual tale of how a timid woman chanced upon her doppelganger in a seedy bar, and how her double turned against her.

Episode

0953

Air Dates

  • First Run - February 12, 1979
  • Repeat - August 2, 1979

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Rating

55
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10 Responses to Episode 0953

This episode really doesn't have much to do with shadows. (A la "I thought I saw a shadow", which I still enjoy.) Teri Keane plays a woman who lives with her mother. Keane works at a bank as a teller...she's in her 30s and doesn't seem to be going very far in her life. At the intro segment before the first act, she talks about her shadow, and how she was fascinated by it following her, and how now she sees it anywhere she goes even on cloudy days, etc. However, it turns out she's talking to another lady. A psychiatrist? No...it appears this woman is at a bar. In fact, it appears this woman is Keane's character's exact physical double. Keane's Mom desperately wants her daughter to meet a nice man, though she's tried to set her up in the past with no success. Mom's very happy that her daughter is apparently seeing someone on a regular basis. When Keane, who does a slow burn (a la "Beheading") on a path toward becoming unhinged, tells her Mom that she's been seeing a woman...well, this is one of the few episodes I've heard of in the RMT where the spectre of lesbianism is raised. (That's fueled later in the show right before one of the acts end when the other woman's voice tells Keane that they'll go "upstairs" in a minute.) Mom panics, but Keane just says essentially: "Mom, she's my double." However, Keane's character seems to be more intent on releasing her pent-up anger than pursuing a romantic relationship. This is an Elspeth Eric play...it might be worth adding to your playlist if you're a "Keanophile". It, like "Beheading" also seems to have a ray of hope shining through the psychological dreariness.

Hans B.

This is another example of Ms Eric's brilliant writing style. When the double describes knocking the mother out with a chair and choking her to make sure she was dead, then explains that she meant nothing to her, and did not know her from "a hole in the wall." You have to love it!

Robert RJMGREEN@AOL.COM

Reminds me of the Davis girl, Bette in dead ringer! Was it the port or am I seeing double? The hollow, a seedy bar is where it all takes place- and not a cup of good cheer served that's for sure!! Quite disturbing is the mothers tale of woe but what of it? Watcha gonna do? It's dark and somber and that's that.

Hat

"the sinister shadow". This one was a bit more amusing, though, probably unintentionally.

Kurt

I not a fan of most of the stories penned by Elspeth Eric but this story was a pleasant surprise and kept me engaged to the very intriguing end.

John

This is another example of Elspeth Eric's brilliant style!!!!

Gina Schackel

Just my opinion as a man, but this isn't one of the better episodes of RMT. I made it to about a few minutes into act 2 when I couldn't take it anymore and went to do something more interesting, like paint the walls of my broom closet. What I got out of this episode is that I sure am glad I didn't get such as annoying mother-in-law in real life! There wouldn't be enough broom closets in the world to take avoid listening to her!

D.C. Klinkensmit

I rate this episode ★★★★☆ for GOOD. What’s great about this episode, is that it has an All-Female Cast: Teri Keane (as Dorrie), Grace Matthews (as Dorrie’s Double and the Nurse), and Joan Shay (as Dorrie’s Mother). Many CBSRMT episodes have an All-Male cast such as #0167-THE BLACK ROOM, #0782-REVENGE IS SWEET, and #1245-THE JUDGE’S HOUSE, but this particular episode had 3 phenomenal leading ladies. Joan Shay was brilliant as the antagonist. Grace Matthews did terrifically in her 2 roles. And as for Teri Keane, it’s one of her best performances in the series. Elspeth Eric’s wrote an intriguing mystery tale; however, the ending was kind of a letdown. The dramatic story-line was going great, but the ending was predictable on where the main character would end up. Plus, most of the scenes were dead silent; hardly any noise in the background to know if they were in a bar & grill or inside a house. The title is catchy, another way to title this story would be “Dorrie Detained.” The music was pretty good, especially using a couple tracks from THE TWILIGHT ZONE series. The sound effects of glasses clinking, doors, removal of the mirror, water bowl, footsteps upstairs, and the slap were OK, but as I said before, the scenes were dead silent. Background music and/or people murmuring during the bar & grill scenes would’ve been a nice touch. Not only the Cast was terrific, so was our Host. In E.G. Marshall’s Prologue, he recites the first 2 lines of “My Shadow” by Robert Louis Stevenson in his poetry collection in “A Child's Garden of Verses.” In ACT-1, our Host says that there are 23 separate definitions of the word “Shadow,” but CBSRMT picked the 8th definition of it to match with this story. In ACT-2, questioning on how to encounter our lookalikes and know that this story has a most efficient Double. In ACT-3, after revealing where the main character ended up, our Host explained that Dorrie’s Double lived in her shadow (SPOILER ALERT). In his Epilogue, E.G. Marshall may encounter his Double someday. The ending could’ve gone better. But other than that, it was still an intriguing episode. And all 3 Actresses in this deserve an acclamation. SPECIAL NOTE: This episode has a commercial that introduces Alistair MacLean’s 1978 thriller novel “Goodbye California.” Until next time…pleasant dreams. =0)

Russell

Oh, I love this one: Elspeth Eric at her finest. I loved Teri Keane's flat voice all the way through it, I loved the inane prattling her mother did, I loved the descriptions of how she murdered her (choking, hitting with a chair), and I loved the whole bizarre story line and dialogue.

Robert

Oh, I love this one: Elspeth Eric at her finest. I loved Teri Keane's flat voice all the way through it, I loved the inane prattling her mother did, I loved the descriptions of how she murdered her (choking, hitting with a chair), and I loved the whole bizarre story line and dialogue.

Russel


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